Enhanced Reintegration Assistance Packages
The AVRR B-Support project provides enhanced reintegration assistance packages to eligible REAB applicants to assist them further with their reintegration plans in country of origin. It delivers a viable and humanitarian response to the needs of migrants who are not able to remain in Belgium.
The program aims for returnees to invest in an income generating activity such as :
- To start, re-start, or partner in a micro-business or an agricultural or livestock activity, thus encouraging self-employment & entrepreneurship.
- To take on employment and benefit from wage subsidy support
- To develop their skills for employability by completing vocational training or by continuing with schooling or further education
You will find examples of such assistance in the section on Stories of return and reintegration.
The program also aims to respond to the identified vulnerabilities of returnees by covering for complex medical or urgent material household needs.
The IOM reintegration teams in country of origin deliver the assistance in consultation with the IOM Brussels team of reintegration counselors following a flexible, needs oriented, and participative approach. The services provided are:
- Orientation and counselling throughout the reintegration process,
- development and implementation of reintegration plans,
- redaction of micro-business plans,
- delivery of in-kind grants,
- referrals to relevant governmental institutions,
- referrals to local partner organizations.
Specific approach for assistance in the Democratic republic of the Congo
Within the Don Bosco centers the following additional reintegration assistance can be provided to Congolese nationals:
- Additional accommodation assistance
- Substance allowance for accommodation, food, and medical costs
- Vocational training
- Develop a job plan
- Referrals to potential employment
The reintegration support packages allow for the maximized sustainability of the reintegration project which is key. The aim is for the returnees to generate sufficient income to respond to their basic household needs.
The eligibility of applicants is defined by the Fedasil Criteria (FR /NL and assessed by the reintegration counsellors in Belgium with a thorough pre-departure reintegration counselling session and with the development of a Reintegration Plan. When need be, and upon demand, an interpreter is made available during counselling.
AVRR online application
The AVRR online application was tested and fine-tuned to allow REAB partners to submit voluntary return and reintegration applications online, insert case information during the pre-departure process, and receive feedback on the migrants they assisted.
Specific trainings on the use of the application are currently provided to REAB partners and Belgian counterparts.
The project started on 1 January 2016 and will run until December 2017. It continues the Fedasil and EU supported IOM enhanced reintegration assistance projects implemented in the past years.
AVRR B-Support is co- funded by Fedasil (FR) / (NL) under the Fedasil Reintegration Program and by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) – Belgium National Actions.
For more information, contact Ms. Jacqueline Hall ( firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +32 (0) 2 287 74 13).